COLIN VICK­ERY

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KATE Ritchie has learned to em­brace change. The Gold Lo­gie-win­ning ac­tor who spent 20 years play­ing Sally Fletcher on Home and Away, has flit­ted from TV to ra­dio, from soapies to crime drama, from Chan­nel 7 to Chan­nel 9.

Now the 33-year-old is mak­ing an­other move — to Chan­nel 10 to host Don’t Tell the Bride.

The re­al­ity show gets grooms, rather than brides, to plan a dream wed­ding over three weeks.

‘‘ This is cer­tainly a job that a few years ago I wouldn’t have had the con­fi­dence to take on. I had to find my own voice to open the door into this part of my ca­reer,’’ Ritchie says.

A lot of that self-con­fi­dence came when Ritchie took on break­fast ra­dio with com­edy duo Mer­rick and Rosso af­ter leav­ing Home and Away.

She had to have an opin­ion on a whole range of top­ics.

On TV, Ritchie won ac­claim for her per­for­mance in Un­der­belly: A Tale of Two Cities.

The fol­low­ing year she struck out with Cops LAC.

Ritchie is philo­soph­i­cal about the fail­ure of Nine’s crime drama, which was axed af­ter one se­ries.

‘‘ I don’t have re­grets. Work­ing on Cops LAC was a re­ally fun time. I’ve got noth­ing but good mem­o­ries of it.’’

In 2010, Ritchie mar­ried for­mer NRL cham­pion Stu­art Webb. The cou­ple had a three­day wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion, ty­ing the knot at Quamby Es­tate near Launce­s­ton in Tas­ma­nia.

About 50 close friends and fam­ily at­tended the cer­e­mony. The cou­ple said ‘‘ it was ex­actly the day we had hoped and planned for’’.

So how would Stu­art have gone if he had to plan the cou­ple’s wed­ding Don’t Tell The Bride- style?

‘‘ As far as grooms go, he was very hands on (in the plan­ning),’’ Ritchie says.

‘‘ The great­est thing about this show is that we’ve got women brave enough to al­low the man in their lives to plan the whole thing.

‘‘ Men are full of great ideas but their down­fall is the ex­e­cu­tion. That does lead to dis­as­ter some­times.’’ Don’t Tell the Bride, Chan­nel 10, Tues­day, 7pm Alarmed belles: host Kate Ritchie says ‘‘men are full of great ideas but their down­fall is the ex­e­cu­tion’’.

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